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Feeding the meter this month fuels Food for Learning

Sarah Doiron, Picton BIA Manager, Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director, Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, Vicky Struthers, Community Development Coordinator, Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation and Mayor Steve Ferguson help kick off the 10th annual Feed the Meter campaign in Picton this week.

Prince Edward County Mayor Steve Ferguson makes a donation downtown Picton to the Hastings and Prince Edward School Board Food For Learning program.

Food for Learning’s Feed the Meter campaign returns for its 10th holiday season to raise funds for student nutrition programs in Hastings and Prince Edward counties.

Donations made in parking meters during the month of December in downtown Picton, Belleville and Trenton will help support local programs to help all students to have daily access to breakfast, lunch or snacks while at school.

The aim is to ensure no student is trying to learn with an empty stomach. The Hastings Prince Edward Learning Foundation notes studies that show students who eat bettter are engaged in learning, feel a sense of belonging at school and may develop better life-long eating habits.

“No child should have to contend with hunger pangs while trying to learn. The Food for Learning is making an incredible difference addressing this need in our community,” said Prince Edward County Mayor Steve Ferguson. “The municipality welcomes the opportunity to participate in the Feed the Meter campaign. I encourage everyone to do their part this holiday season and drop a few extra coins in the Picton parking meters.”

Two-hour parking in Picton is free in December, but if you choose to “Feed the Meter”, all money collected in Picton stays in the County and is evenly distributed among all the schools.

“We know that students in our area arrive at school hungry for a variety of reasons – poverty, rushed mornings, long bus rides, etc. Regardless of the reason, we aim to minimize hunger faced by children and youth in our community. The support received through the Feed the Meter campaign makes this possible,” said Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director, Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation.

In the 2017-2018 school year, Food for Learning programs provided more than a million meals and snacks for students.

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